5 pm
The Kiefer Hall, Building 2: The Collection
Event type
"L’Europe des Artistes" is a cultural project on an unprecedented scale: this is a multi-faceted research project unfolding into conferences, events, exhibitions, and publications, dedicated to young contemporary European artists.

It is designed and developed in close collaboration, and over several years, by major European art institutions: Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Beyeler Foundation in Basel, LVHMs Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, and by the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Introduction to the Italian Art Scene by Ilaria Marotta and Filipa Ramos

This thematic evening will present two lectures about the Italian contemporary art scene. Astrup Fearnley Museet is pleased to welcome Ilaria Marotta and Filipa Ramos, who will discuss various aspects of the emerging art scene in Italy and some of its most notable participants and spaces.

Ilaria Marotta’s lecture titled “The Italian Identity” aims to focus on a new generation of Italian artists who create works which, even in the variety of their artistic languages and expressions, have focused on some of the key aspects of the Italian history and identity. Historic, cultural and personal memory represents, for a few of them, an impulse towards new researches, that seem to respond to the quote of the American psychologist Burrhus Frederic Skinner, “Culture is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten".

Filipa Ramos’ lecture is titled “Locality as an anchor”. “It would be better if the metaphors of 'roots' and 'uprooting' (…) were abandoned and replaced by the tropes of the casting out and drawing up of anchors. This excerpt from Zygmunt Bauman’s The art of life (2008) is the starting point for a reflection on locality and belonging in relation to the young Italian art context. Conceiving locality as a specific situation in a given place, susceptible to alterations and reconfigurations, she will analyse the conditions of fluxes and exchanges in the contemporary situation, focusing on certain specific cases and individuals.

The participants: 
Ilaria Marotta is a curator, writer and publisher based in Rome. Co-founder and co-director of CURA., a curatorial project which revolves around the production of a magazine, a bookstore, an exhibition space and a publishing company. Editor of many artists publications, she has curated and co-curated several projects with young and established artists. Recent exhibitions include: Wanna be a Masterpiece, A 48 Hours Exhibition of Unfinished Works of Art, ISCP, New York; Sandy Island, AB project, Nomas Foundation, Rome (with: Can Altay, Isabelle Cornaro, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Tomaso De Luca, Adrien Missika, Rolf Nowotny, Jack Strange, Luca Trevisani, Ruth Proctor, Will Rogan, Vanessa Safavi, Roger Van Voohrees); Chinese Whispers, A group show on the Loss of Control, cura.basement, Rome; The Time Machine, Frutta, Rome (with: Ian Cheng, David Douard, Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer, Camille Henrot, Jimmy Limit, Dexter Sinister, Andrea Kvas, Margaret Lee, Billy Rennenkamp, Torben Ribe, Timur Si-Qin). Over the past two years she has been co-curator of Commercial Road Project, a showcase in the East End of London, featuring a series of international artists, in collaboration with the London Metropolitan University, London.

Filipa Ramos is an art critic based in London and Milan. Her area of research is located on the threshold between art and cinema. She has lectured at several universities and educational institutions in Europe and is currently lecturing at the Art: Moving Images MRes of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, and at the Experimental Film MA at Kingston University, both in London. She coordinated “The most beautiful Kunsthalle in the world” research and editorial project at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, and collaborates with the Swiss Institute of Rome. Ramos is currently curator of Vdrome, a programme of screenings of films by visual artists and filmmakers. She is former Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal, former Curator of the Research Section of dOCUMENTA (13), and co-author of the book Lost and Found - Crisis of Memory in Contemporary Art (Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2009). She has been a guest curator at diverse public and private art spaces and is a regular contributor to several international publications.

On "L’Europe des Artistes":
The project “L’Europe des Artistes" will result in a major exhibition bringing together artists from all over Europe, which will be presented from the year 2014 in the institutions that initiated it before travelling to other museums in Europe and the world.


This exhibition will be preceded by – and prepared through - a series of conferences that will start from the beginning of 2013 and will continue until the first opening of the exhibition in 2014. This program consists of thematic evenings to be held every two months during the years 2013 and 2014 in the different partner institutions. These evening lectures will be the first public manifestation of the project "Europe of Artists".

Free entrance. Refreshments will be served. Welcome!

The event is supported by Istituto Italiano de Cultura, Oslo.

Address: Strandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo

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